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ACT FAQs

COURSE FORMAT

What makes Test Preps courses different?

Our courses are comprised of small, ability-based groups which enable Test Preps instructors to tailor instruction and offer more personalized attention to each student. Test Preps targets Sundays for our classes since that’s when high school students are available. Compare our schedule and class sizes with the competition.  We truly are different!

What is a typical class like?

The first two classes are 2 hours in order to allow for a full hour to learn about each section.  The remaining three 1 1/2 hour classes includes interactive strategy lessons followed by guided small group practice.  Students conference privately at the last 2 classes with the tutor.

How much homework can I expect?

Two ACT textbooks are included with our ACT Course.  Weekly homework averages approximately 45 minutes most nights. Since we all know how busy high school students are, please be sure that your child has the time to commit to this endeavor when you sign them up.  The best time for them to take the ACT is when they are available to make it a priority.   Missed classes must be made up before the following class at an additional fee of $100 for a 1.5 hour make-up session.  If two students can share a make-up class, the cost is $75 each.

SCHEDULING

When should a student take an ACT course?

Our motto is to start early!  Why wait until Spring which is the busiest time of their high school tenure? We realize how busy high school students are and believe that the ideal time to take the course is when their schedule allows time for the extra work involved in preparing for the ACT. Students should try an ACT in the fall to compare with their PSAT scores. If your school is offering a PACT (practice ACT) during sophomore or junior year, try it!

Math readiness is critical.  Students who are a year ahead in Math are ready to try the SAT or ACT as they finish Algebra 2/Trig their sophomore year. Also consider commitments to: sports, music programs, extra-curricular activities (Mock Trial, DECA, dance, musicals, etc.) and family vacations.  Also keep in mind that April/May are busy months for students taking AP exams!

We strongly recommend that students take the ACT immediately upon completion of the Test Preps course while the strategies and tactics are fresh in their minds.

When should we register for a Test Preps ACT course?

Because class sizes are limited to ensure our small group format, a student should register as soon as possible. Classes fill up quickly, and it is not unusual for registration to be closed several weeks in advance of the starting date.

To register for one of our classes, proceed to the Registration page of our website.

Can I enroll in a ACT course that has already started?

If spaces are available, a student may still enroll in a course after the first class .  However, the session that was missed must be made up before the second class. A student who registers late must pay the full cost of the course, plus an additional fee of $100 for a 1.5 hour private make-up session.

Do you offer a guarantee that my score will increase?

It has been our experience that those students who actively participate in our 5-week course and conscientiously complete all assigned homework will gain the confidence and necessary skills that are the key ingredients to success on the ACT.  We do not offer a money-back “guarantee” per se, but we believe strongly that a Test Preps course guarantees a well-prepared student, which results in improved ACT scores.  Our incredible growth with minimal advertising is indicative of the number of referrals we have received from very satisfied clients.  Please check out our Testimonial page to hear why both parents and students are big fans of Test Preps!  Or ask us for a referral from someone in your school community.

ATTENDANCE

What is the attendance policy?

Since each class serves as the foundation for the one following it, all classes are mandatory.  If one is missed, it must be made up prior to the next scheduled class with an additional fee of $100 for a 1.5 hour private make-up session.  If two students can share a make-up class, the cost is $75 each.

ACT INFORMATION

What is a good score on the ACT?

Your college goals determine what is a “good” score.  Checking the admissions guidelines for all the colleges you are interested in, as well as the average ACT scores for those particular schools, is very helpful.

How many times can a student take the ACT?

There is no limit to the number of times a student can take the ACT.  Regardless of the number of times the test is taken, colleges are looking for the highest SAT or ACT score that you can give them.  Their ranking depends on good scores!  Keep in mind that simply retaking the ACT will probably not significantly increase a student’s score.   Preparation and diligent practice are essential in order to see an improvement.

Additionally, many colleges are now “superscoring” the ACT which means they will combine scores from different sittings to obtain a higher composite score.

How do I register for the ACT?

The ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines can be found online at www.actstudent.org.  In order to avoid late registration fees and increase your chances of taking the ACT at the testing center of your choice, it is recommended that a student register for the exam at least 8 to 10 weeks before the testing date. Registration can be completed online at www.actstudent.org. Additionally, a free ACT test preparation booklet can be obtained from your school guidance office.

2018-2019 ACT Test Dates

2018:  June 9 • July 14 * • September 8 • October 27 • December 8
2019:  February 9 (New!) • April 13  • June 8 • July 13 *

*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the July ACT

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